June 25-July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness Week

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Just like people, pets can experience anxiety. For an owner, it can be difficult to see your dog upset and not be able to do anything about it. A Clawguard can protect your door from scratching, but there's more to addressing the root cause of your pet's fear and anxiety.

June 25 - July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness Week, which hopes to raise awareness about the symptoms and behaviors associated with pet anxiety. Check out our infographic for common symptoms that may indicate your dog is feeling stressed:

How to tell if your dog is stressed

If you think your pet is struggling with anxiety, seeking help from a professional may be your best bet. These tips will help you find the perfect dog trainer.

With the summer season also comes fireworks, and even the calmest dog may feel extra stress with loud explosions shaking the house and strange lights outside. For anxious dogs, the 4th of July can be a nightmare. Plan ahead to make the holiday a little less stressful on your pets.

Looking for more info on pet anxiety? Check out these articles.

 

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5 Healthy Frozen Dog Treats to Make This Summer

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With summer days right around the corner, keeping our pets cool and content is on every dog owner's mind. While shade and water are the most important to avoiding heat stroke and other heat-related problems, a frozen treat on a hot day can go a long way to helping pets stay cool. Not to mention showing them what a good boy they are!

We put together five of our favorite DIY dog treat recipes that combine healthy ingredients to make perfect frozen snacks for your hot dog.

 

SUMMER SURPRISE

DIY frozen dog treat with chewies inside

This ingenious frozen treat combines your dogs favorite chewies in a giant ice cube made from chicken stock. Fido will have a great time getting to the surprise center of this super easy summer snack. 

 

FROZEN YOGURT BITES

frozen yogurt dog treats

With just five ingredients, these frozen yogurt bites will go a long way toward keeping your pup happy and healthy. Just look at the dog waiting to gobble one up--pups love frozen yogurt!

 

PB & COCONUT SNACKERS

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Another super simple recipe, these yummy treats combine coconut oil and peanut butter for a scrumptious snack. It turns out coconut oil is great for dogs, too-- this superfood can improve their skin and coat and even help with itchiness caused by eczema and allergies. 

 

WATERMELON "PUPSICLE" POPSICLES

frozen watermelon dog treats

Nothing tastes better on a hot day that a cool slice of watermelon, so what could be better for your pampered pup than a frozen watermelon dog treat! Made with just two ingredients, these snacks look even cuter frozen into bone shaped molds.

 

FROZEN PUMPKIN DOG TREATS

Pumpkin frozen dog treats

Did you know that pumpkin is a superfood, packed with nutrients and great for digestive issues? Harness the power of pumpkin to treat your favorite pup! This super simple recipe makes for a healthy snack that'll have your dog coming back for more!

 

Do you have a DIY dog treat recipe that drives your pooch wild? We'd love to hear about it!

 

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Clawguard Supports Dogs Deserve Better

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One of our favorite pet charities, Dogs Deserve Better is dedicated to freeing chained dogs and bringing our best friends back where they belong: into the home and family. DDB's mission is to free dogs through education, rescue and rehab, grassroots legislation, and fencing programs.

 

Many dogs are chained up for long period of time, and as a result they live without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Every dog who learns to stop scratching the door, is one more dog who is less likely to be crated or chained. 

At Clawguard we know it's not easy to find solutions when a dog shows signs of separation anxiety. Many dog owners crate their dogs and may tie them up as a last resort. Our door shield was created to help owners train their dogs to stop scratching the door. It's a tool that has helped many dog owners in their efforts to train the dog - sometimes one door shield can be the difference between a dog who listens and a dog who doesn't. 

Throughout the month of May, Clawguard will donate one dollar from each sale to Dogs Deserve Better. Buy your Clawguard before May 31 to participate in this fundraiser and help free chained dogs across the country!

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Win a Special Pet Portrait

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Today we have a special story to share... and a giveaway! 

But first, a special story

Meet Kayla

Kayla has a heart for animals and an artistic flair - so naturally when she started painting, she painted pets.

In 2016 she started her official artist page & accepted commissions from many pet owners across the United States. Folks loved her colorful watercolors. She captured dogs, cats, big and small, and painted watercolor paintings so full of life & personality - everyone loved them!

adorable frenchie dog portraits

Kayla's life is full of animal love, particularly for bully breed dogs, of which she has three.

Meet Diggy

At the same time, not far away in Waterford Michigan, an American bulldog was getting a lot of attention. Diggy the smiling dog was adopted, after over 100 days in the shelter, he had found a perfect companion, and they both were full of smiles.

Diggy the waterford dog

UH-OH

After his photo went viral, Diggy was soon the center of a serious legal battle between Waterford Township police and Diggy's new family. The battle was over a law that banned "pit bulls" from the township.

You see, the police "decided that Diggy was a pit bull" and wasn't allowed. But Diggy is an American Bulldog, and his owners did everything they could to fight the unfair & unjustified new labeling of their dog.

"Waterford, Mich., is a township where certain dog breeds are outlawed, under a type of ordinance known as breed-specific legislation, or BSL.” - Washington Post

The world paid attention, petitions were signed by thousands of supporters, and the lawyers fought hard all summer to help Diggy stay home.

Around this time, Kayla was inspired to paint that smily dog Diggy and turn his portrait into something joyful, full of color and life, like Diggy himself.

diggy dog portrait artist

Not bad, huh?

GOOD NEWS

In September, the court case was dropped. Diggy will get to stay home, where he's happy and free. Hurray!

"Diggy The Dog Will Stay With His Family" - People.com

Kayla, didn't know Diggy's owners personally, but she wanted to gift them the portrait, so she shouted out to her friends on Social Media to see if anyone knew Diggy's owners. And sure enough, someone did!

Cue the happy reunion:

diggy dog home celebration

We're so happy this story has a happy ending!

Kayla's portrait business has continued to grow, thanks in part to the attention her Diggy portrait received. She's being recognized for her talent by new fans everyday, and enjoying drawing countless pets. Dogs, cats, etc. Her watercolor paintings are large - 11x14 or 16x20. Perfect for a nice large frame.

Giveaway

We are inspired to pay it forward to someone else who has a pet who makes them smile, laugh, and even occasionally take funny selfies together.

To enter,  follow the instructions below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

...then leave us a comment on the blog and tell us what's your pet's best feature: Gorgeous eyes? A goofy smile? Maybe a funny ear that sticks up? Every pet is pretty special <3

 

Note: Giveaway open to US residents only. Prize is an 11x14 or 16x20 original watercolor print. Apply by April 4th, 2017. Winners chosen at random from the pool of entries. See rules and how to enter above. Have additional questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to pr@clawguard.com

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Stop Your Dog from Barking at the Doorbell

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Does your dog go crazy when someone rings the doorbell? Are you terrified the next delivery person at the door will send your household into chaos?

Dog trainer extraordinaire Angel Wasserman of Paws in Training, who previously shared tips of working with a dog trainer, is back with a video on teaching your dog that the sound of the doorbell is nothing to get excited about. Watch Angle help a household of 8 dogs who go nuts each time the bell is rung. 

 

Did this method work for you? We'd love to hear your experience in the comments section!

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Has your dog experienced separation anxiety? Have you used a Clawguard as a training tool to help you dog stop scratching a door? Used a Clawguard in a clever new way? We'd love to hear about it.

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